Apache trout

The Apache Trout is a fish species native to the state of Arizona in the United States. It lives in cold streams and has a yellowish-green color to its body.

It was once on a verge of extinction due to crossbreeding with other trout species. However, its population has started to grow in large numbers, enabling anglers to catch them again.


The Apache Trout has an olive-colored face and is dotted with black marks in most parts of its body. You will notice that even its fins are dotted and the stomach is mainly yellow in color.

The average Apache Trout can grow anywhere from 10 to 20 inches and weighs around 1.5 kilograms. Their eyes look like black strips because there are two dots each on beside their pupils.

Habitat and Lifestyle

These species can be found in water bodies that are cold, meaning that they can be found in river, lakes, streams that are covered by low hanging trees. They usually swim around areas where there are rocks.

Their diet is a mixture of small fish, water insects, larvae and zooplanktons like crustaceans, rotifers, mites, etc.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

Finding the trout is tricky, especially in muddy waters, because of its color. However, they can be found in streams, rivers, and ponds with a cold climatic condition.

The best way to catch the Apache Trout is to use pole fishing or fly fishing techniques. Go on a boat or catch them from shore, according to the areas you find them in. Fishing from the shore will probably work out in most situations.

You can use artificial lures, light line, small hooks, etc., to get the best results.

Peak Season

Starting from the month of May till the end of September is the best period to fish for Apache Trout.

Best Bait

Using artificial lures like wet or dry flies are suitable to catch the Apache trout. However, the best baits are natural baits like,

  • Worms
  • Grasshoppers
  • Aquatic Insects